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Minnesota Vikings' Marcus Sherels visits Rochester schools

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Vikings punt returner Marcus Sherels shocks youngsters with surprise visit Vikings punt returner Marcus Sherels shocks youngsters with surprise visit
Sherels reads to kids and shares message that "school is cool" Sherels reads to kids and shares message that "school is cool"
Marcus Sherels' mother Linda Lager remembers his school days Marcus Sherels' mother Linda Lager remembers his school days
Marcus Sherels, John Marshall Rockets Marcus Sherels, John Marshall Rockets

ROCHESTER, Minn. (KTTC) -- Rochester students could barely contain their excitement when one of their favorite Vikings football players came to surprise them at their school.

Minnesota Vikings punt returner Marcus Sherels shocked hundreds of Rochester students on Friday with a surprise visit, and a message that "school is cool."

A Rochester native, Sherels went to Ben Franklin Elementary School, and before heading to the University of Minnesota he made John Marshall High School proud, wearing the Rockets jersey on the field.

"He decided he was going to take political science, and earn a degree in political science, and he graduated in four years while playing football which is like a full-time job," said his mother, Linda Lager.

Though Sherels' life is consumed with football, he makes sure set aside some time for students.

"Reading is fun, and I always loved when people read to me when I was younger, my older brothers, my mom, random people. It's just fun to interact; it's just coming back and interacting," said Sherels.

But the whole day was not spent just signing autographs and taking pictures. Sherels sat down with a group of students, and told them about his personal experience in school.

"I know that if I didn't try in school, if I didn't graduate I wouldn't be a NFL football player," Sherels told the youngsters.  "You can't play sports if you don't get good grades."

Sherels tells us that giving back to the community is something he loves to do, especially in his hometown.

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